Ukrainian president makes fresh bid to address AU summit

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has made a fresh request to address African Union heads of state, according to African Union Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki.

In a tweet, Moussa Faki said he received the request during a call with Ukraine’s foreign minister.

The pair also talked about President Zelensky’s wish to develop closer ties with the African Union.

Moussa Faki did not disclose whether the request will be granted but tweeted that President Zelensky had insisted on the need for a peaceful solution to the conflict with Russia.

Earlier this month, President Zelensky held a call with his Senegalese counterpart Macky Sall, the current African Union chairman, and asked to address African leaders.

African countries dominated the list of nations that abstained from voting on a United Nations resolution to suspend Russia from the United Nations Human Rights Council.